Monthly Archives: December 2015

Collectible Classic: 1984-1988 Pontiac Fiero – Automobile Magazine




Pontiac had long pined for a two-seat sports car, only to be rejected by GM management on the grounds that such a car would compete too closely with the Corvette. But as fuel efficiency became a compelling issue in the late 1970s, engineer Hulki Aldikacti successfully pitched management a plastic-body, mid-engine two-seater. The key was that it wasn’t a sports car, but a cute little fuel sipper for cost-conscious commuters. “It was kind of a backdoor car,” explains Gregg Peterson, an engineer for Pontiac at the time. To avoid raising any suspicions at the corporate level, official drawings of the car showed only a four-cylinder engine aft of the rear seats. “But in every drawing we made sure a V-6 would fit,” says Peterson.


My thoughts about the car?  I owned one, a 1986 GT model, without the rear spoiler.  I had no mechanical issues during my ownership of it.  It was a well-rounded two-seater, with decent power, good handling, and good aural characteristics.  I was impressed with the facts that it had mass (ie, it wouldn’t just disappear in a crash), there was ample interior space, it had a small but very deep trunk in the rear of the vehicle and I still had space enough in the vehicle to throw two sub-woofer boxes behind the seats.  Many people nowadays measure vehicles by how much power their engines produce.  I don’t think anyone in the 80s era expected this car to be an over-achiever.  It was good for what it was.  It’s a pity the car died after only 4 years of production, as the last versions were very good.

It is indeed a classic…and no, not all cars reach classic status.  All cars age, but not all become memorable.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Porsche’s New Turbo Flat-Four Engines

From Road & Track:

Unlike the 911, which is using a 3.0 liter flat-six in both the Carrera and Carrera S, just with different turbos, the 718 twins will have a 2.0 or a 2.5 liter turbocharged flat four. The 2.0 in the base cars will have 300 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque while the 718 Boxster S will have a 2.5 liter flat-four turbo with 340 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. There could also be a GTS version coming with 365 horsepower.


Porsche is going all-in on turbocharging.

Posted by Road & Track Magazine on Tuesday, December 15, 2015


In the Facebook comments, I already see people equating the upcoming 718 engines with Subaru EJs.  Now, when has Porsche ever not blazed their own trail?  Porsche will almost certainly ensure this engine will generate glorious (or at least non-nasty) sounds.  Subaru’s trademark sounds are due to the EJs running unequal-length headers.  I highly doubt Porsche will do something stupid like adopt unequal length headers, especially if they opt to use twin-scroll turbochargers.  With luxury-sport cars such as these Porsche variants, they’re going to ensure the car sounds like it looks…fast, powerful, and sleek.